Edible packaging reduces waste

Not to be confused with the packaging of free food.

Professor David Edwards of Harvard has created WikiPearl – a soft, water resistant edible membrane made from natural food particles which removes the need for packaging and could dramatically reduce the production of plastic containers.

WikiPearl Diagram

UK households throw out around 4 million tonnes of food and drink packaging waste per year. WikiPearl are already selling yoghurt, cheese and even ice cream at wholefood stores in the USA.

How does it work?

The “skin” – is composed of natural, edible, biodegradable foods and nutrients which create an electrostatic gel by harnessing interactions between natural food particles, nutritive ions and a polysaccharide.

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Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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